Buzzed Driving?

Bogus “Buzzed driving is drunk driving” fear campaign!

While out Christmas shopping all over the state of NJ this month – we’ve noticed a TON of these “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” announcement signs everywhere.

Are you the one that soaks it all up and just follows the herd? Or do you question really what is behind this mass marketed mental programming?

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What alcohol “law” is there when you have arbitrary punishments?

The NJ Attorney General’s office says:

“In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if he/she operates a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. Although the law refers to a 0.08 percent BAC, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor even when your BAC is below 0.08 percent.”

Read that sentence again. “Although the LAW refers to (one thing) you can be convicted (arbitrarily despite a documented law)….”

So what exactly can you be convicted for? A psuedo law? Because someone “thought” you were bad?

Meanwhile, the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission takes a somewhat different stance regarding DUI: “The ONLY scientific way to determine whether a driver is under the influence is through blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Your BAC can be tested with a simple Breathalyzer test. In New Jersey, a person with a BAC of 0.08% or greater who operates a motor vehicle or a boat is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI).”

So what is it? (And look at the Chinese menu of fines and penalties they’ve snuck in there for “violating” these laws).

The “law” is as simple as the mood a cop is in that day

Well, DWI Defense Attorneys Villani & DeLuca out of Point Pleasant, NJ say this: “Under the Limit Can Still Result in DWI! It is important to address a common misconception. A BAC of less than 0.08% does not mean you will always avoid a DWI charge. Police can decide you are intoxicated based on the “totality” of the circumstances, including your performance in the field sobriety tests, your speech, other behavior and your driving conduct. If you have any amount of alcohol in your system and it can be shown that the alcohol influenced your driving abilities, you can still be charged with DWI.”

You see that? What is the point of having a “law” with “scientific” measurements – if all it takes is some cop with a bad attitude to fuck with you?

What about people who are just bad drivers all the time? Or have bad coordination? Or a speech impediment? Even a sip of wine could crush them with thousands in fines!

And more importantly – if they’re going all-out with the “buzz” surrounding alcohol, maybe it’s time to amend the laws to make drinking, TEXTING and driving at the same time mandatory 10 year jail sentences. I bet most of the drunk driving accidents these days involved cell phone usage too.

Regardless – it will always be true that it’s best not to screw around regardless of how capable you think you are. Just never drink and drive!

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sassy lassie
sassy lassie
1 year 10 months ago

I never knew under the limit could still result in a DWI based on the “totality of circumstances”! It really does come down to a cop with a bad attitude and I’ve definitely seen that. It’s too much discretion for them to have.